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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Pressure on teens is eased with abundance of talk

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Students Laura McKenna and Megan O’Brien from St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville with Graham McCormack, Derval O’Rourke and Pat Divilly, at the Teen Talk organised by Cork County Council in partnership with Healthy Ireland. Kathryn Thomas, Derval O’Rourke, Pat Divilly & Graham McCormack were in Charleville Park Hotel to talk to North Cork’s Transition Year students to look after their physical and mental health, fitness and nutrition. Photo: Brian Lougheed
Students Laura McKenna and Megan O’Brien from St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville with Graham McCormack, Derval O’Rourke and Pat Divilly, at the Teen Talk organised by Cork County Council in partnership with Healthy Ireland. Kathryn Thomas, Derval O’Rourke, Pat Divilly & Graham McCormack were in Charleville Park Hotel to talk to North Cork’s Transition Year students to look after their physical and mental health, fitness and nutrition. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Maria Herlihy

Young people today can face a mountain of pressure through social media, exams along with other challenges. 

However, last Thursday in Charleville, several hundred secondary school students attended an 'inspirational and positive mental health event', aptly named,  Teen Talk. This was organised by Cork County Council and RTÉs Kathryn Thomas hosted the event at which the guest speakers included Derval O'Rourke, Graham McCormack and Pat Divilly.  

Speaking at the event, the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy said, "Teen Talk is all about giving people access to information, encouraging them to put the phones down and to do exercise, to consider their nutrition and to have a healthy state of mind too. People like Kathryn Thomas, Derval O'Rourke, Pat Divilly and Graham McCormack share their stories with the students to help and inspire them into a positive and healthy way of life."

He also said at the event at the Charleville Park Hotel that by highlighting positive mental health, well-being, nutrition and fitness for young people, it enables students to deal with what ever challenges they may face, be it at school, home or online. 

The event was also supported by Healthy Ireland and Local Community Development Committees (LCDC). 

The Teen Talk roadshow is travelling around the county of Cork in February and March. Former All Ireland and Cork Camogie Player Anna Geary will host the next Teen Talk event in Little Island on March 5, followed by a Teen Talk in Bantry on March 7. Students are invited to attend the Teen Talks, which are free of charge, with registration through Cork County Council essential.

Speaking at the event in the Charleville Park Hotel, Chairperson North Cork LCDC Cllr Gerard Murphy said, "It's great to see so many young people here this morning being motivated by the sportspeople, nutritionists and wellbeing coaches to be more mindful of their physical and mental health."

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